Introducing the Gallery of Great Guns: Exhibiting the world’s finest double barrel shotguns and rifles…

 

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX SxS A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls with slightly raised, narrow, matted, concave rib, are marked with “Chromox Steel”. Sold for $9,775

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2" Chambers. 26" Bbls
HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame. Sold for $11,500

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers. No. 2 Frame
EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame

EXCEPTIONAL ONE-OF-A-KIND PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag. Sold for $74,750

PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag
PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, INVESTMENT QUALITY, 20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SIDE-BY-SIDE GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Sold for $69,000.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers.
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers.

Truly investment grade: a stunning 20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond side by side…

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

Investing in shotguns is tricky business. Most of the time the subject comes up I snicker and think “Good luck.” I’ve seen a lot of shotguns and I’ve been around auctions & dealers for a while now. In that time, I’ve seen just a few guns I would consider good enough to invest in.  I think this 20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond SxS is one of them.

For collectors, this little Daly has it all: original condition, incredibly high quality, and scarcity. It’s also another advantage. Over the last decade, shooters and collectors have rediscovered just how fantastic pre-WW2 Daly’s are. Demand has risen and prices have climbed. This trend will continue, especially when for guns like this one.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

Regent Diamond’s were Daly’s best guns, and one of the best shotguns ever made. The one you see here is fantastic a example — and it’s a super scarce 20 gauge with 28″ barrels. When it comes to collecting, one thing people will always want is the best of the best. This is it.

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, INVESTMENT QUALITY, 20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This very fine, top of the line, small bore creation, made in Germany for the firm Charles Daly, has 28″ dovetailed bbls with raised, concave, matted game rib, fitted with Bradley red bead front and King red bead mid sights. Rib is gold inlaid on milled out portion, “Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality”. Breech portion of bbls are engraved for 2-1/2″ with exceptionally well detailed open, shaded scroll emanating from acanthus ferns, as base for scroll framed logos for Witten Excelsior steel. 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottoms of bbls with provisional proofs are stamped “Excelsior Witten”.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

Scallop-backed, case hardened, boxlock action with intercepting sears, stamped “PRUSSIA” on water table, features automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), gold-plated pin type cocking indicators, side clips, and square crossbolt third fastener. Nickel-plated double triggers have very fine checkering on finger blades. Action is embellished with exceptionally well cut and beautifully shaded large open scroll matching bbls, surrounding well detailed oval vignettes of game birds, gold inlaid in high relief. Buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over orig ribbed horn buttplate. There is a small inset horn oval on pistol grip tip, and a gold oval on toe line is engraved “G.P.” Stock side panels have broad chip carved borders to central checkered areas, drop point extensions which protrude into checkering which has fancy crenelated borders. Matching, long splinter ejector forend has fleur-di-lis extensions into checkering, horn tip, and Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left-.640, right -.640. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Full), right -.025 (IMod). Wall thickness: left -.025, right -.026. Drop at heel: 3″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PROVENANCE: Charles Daly hang tag for this gun along with Abercrombie & Fitch hang tag for this gun, with specifications. (Affixed to trigger guard)

CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Bbls retain nearly all of what appears to be orig lustrous blue, with only a few very minor marks, mostly from contact with action and forend. Action retains 95 – 98% orig case hardening color, with only a hint of silvering on highest points of fences and sharp edges. Trigger guard is slightly silvered at grip, top lever slightly silvered on thumbpiece. The only marks on breechface are from contact with ends of bbls. There are no cartridge or primer halos around firing pin holes. Stocks retain essentially all of their orig rubbed oil finish with some open grain and a few minor marks, checkering excellent. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. As fine an example of this super rare gun as one could ever hope to find. Estimate: $20,000-30,000

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

This week’s top new guns, powered by Gunsinternational…

Here are my top-picks of the shotguns that popped up this week on Gunsinternational.com. That Holland & Holland is exceptional and the A.h. Fox 12 gauge Super Fox looks nice, too.

Charles Daly Regent Diamond Double Barrel Shotgun
Charles Daly Regent Diamond Double Barrel Shotgun

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN SXS REGENT DIAMOND 9MM CENTERFIRE SHOT: This is without a doubt the sexiest gun we have encountered. 22” barrels, double triggers, extractors, splinter forearm. Pistol grip. In maker’s crocodile case. 3lbs, 6oz. Price: $95,000.00.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE .450 CALIBER: .450- 3 1/4″ ctg, 26″ fluid steel barrels with sideclips and rebounding hammers. Back action locks with bolted safeties. Underlever opening, double triggers, and express sights. Checkered foend and pistol grip buttstock with Holland top tang extension. In fabulous original condition retaining nearly all of the casehardened finish and barrel blue. Mint bores. In it’s original oak and leather red baize lined case. This is really on of the nicest original rifles like this I have had. Price: $24,500

CSMC Fox DE 20 gauge shotgun
CSMC Fox DE 20 gauge shotgun

Fox CSMC DE 20 ga.: Fox CSMC DE 20 ga., 26″ barrels choked IC/IC. The action features deep relief engraving of woodcock and rough grouse and a setter on the bottom with two flushing woodcock. The remainder finished in a deep, stylized acanthus, and chiseled oak leaf fences. Weighs 5 lbs, 10 oz. Maker’s case! Superb condition. Price: $16,500.

BAKER 10 GAUGE WATERFOWL SHOTGUN WITH 32″ DAMASCUS BARRELS: Chambers are 3″. The minimum wall thickness is 75/1000! The weight of the gun is 10 LBS 1 OZ. Good bores. This gun was made for Montgomery Wards as a private label. Nice damascus pattern on barrels. Traces of case colors. Engraving is crisp with scroll engraving on the sideplates and a quail on the floor plate. Price: $900

Francotte or Guild: 4 GA Gauge double barrel, circa about 1910-1930. The barrels measure 39-1/2″ and approx 56-1/4″ overall. The stock measures 14-1/2″ from the trigger to the checkered butt. The barrels retain 95%+ blue and the frame shows 95%+ case hardening. Price: $53,000

H.J. Hussey Ltd. 12 Gauge 3″ Chamber Imperial Ejector Shotgun: 30 inch barrels choked Full and Full. The condition of the shotgun is excellent with appoximately 75% of bluing, and 80% of case color remaining. Length of pull to the front trigger is 13 and 7/8 inches.  Price: $9,000

E. M. Reilly 12 ga hammer gun, side by side
E. M. Reilly 12 ga hammer gun, side by side

E. M. Reilly 12 ga hammer gun: Beautiful 12 ga hammer gun by E. M. Reilly. Thumb lever opening. Beautiful 30″ damascus barrels choked Cylinder and Cylinder. Bore diameter is .725 with a wall thickness of .030″. In a nice leather case. Price: $8,900

A.H.Fox HE Grade: A.H. Fox HE Grade Super Fox 32″ bbls,3″ chambers,bores .742,chokes .047 & .047 extra full. Gun was shipped October 4,1924 per factory letter.  Gun was listed as 23/4 inch chamber,however;references say many were sent back to factory and rechambered for the then new Winchester SuperX 3″ shells and bbls are stamped accordingly. With the 15″ LOP and 1 1/2X1 1/2 Monte Carlo stock.Price: $7,850.00

 

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